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celebrations in the philippines are muted this year. typhoon bopha killed more than 1,000 people and devastated many communities. >> a somber moment for the people. typhoon bopha killed more than 150 lives here and left virtually nothing in its wake. the only sizable building still standing is this makeshift chapel. it has back focal point for survivors. >> we're still thankful, even if we only have the capital, the last structure remaining. we're ok as long as people's hearts are directed towards the lord. >> the fill speens one of the most christian -- philippines is one of the most christian countries in the world. they are relying on their faith to get them through the ordeal. >> even if we are facing a difficult situation, we still need to pray. we are still sylvia celebrating christmas -- still celebrating christmas and still grateful that we are still alive. >> for many life will be spent in at the present times living off international aid. >> their houses have been destroyed and some completely. everything is down. the livelihood is greatly affected as well because the country, the tre
. it is the strongest i can hit the country in 20 years. the philippines are set to approve a landmark law that will approve contraceptives and sexual and education costs. the president says that it will reduce maternal death and promote family planning. joining us from manila now, where are we at with this now? our live as leaders confident it will go through? >> there are very confident. it looks like it will be passed within the next half-hour. the house of representatives has overwhelmingly voted to pass the reproductive health bill and the senate is on its third and final reading. the majority have cast their votes already and it seems that they are all in support of this bill. those voting against it will be in the minority. the final figures will be in the next half-hour. from here, with the legislature approving this bill, a bicameral conference will be convened where both sides can look at their bill. then they can take it to ratification. only one will be ratified after that process and it will be signed into law. this is historic because talks is the first time this controversia
others are injured. a fire swept through two rows of apartments in the philippines. six people were killed, and thousands are now homeless. it is not clear how the fire started. it is thought the electric circuit might have been overloaded with holiday lights. an indian policeman who was injured during a demonstration in new delhi has died. the 42-year-old was reportedly beaten up by front esters. -- protesters. >> the barricades are up, and there is a heavy security presence with police lining the streets that were popular with protesters. the government has shut down all roads leading to the city center. the protesters say they will come in rally, and the process will go on despite the violence over the weekend. the police are investigating the death of a constable who was injured. the police have arrested a few people. they're going through television footage, and they're calling for witnesses to come forward the chief minister has ordered a high-level probe into allegations that police disrupted the reporting of a statement from a 23-year-old gang-rape victim, made from her hosp
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